PV Sindhu lost in finals of BWF World Championship – Match Highlights:
- Sindhu lost 19-21, 10-21
- This was Sindhu’s second final loss in the tournament
- Marin became the only women player to lift the title three times
- This was Sindhu’s 4th medal and 2nd silver at the event
PV Sindhu had to suffice with the second spot at the BWF World Championship after she was beaten fair and square by Carolina Marin in the final on Sunday. Taking on the best player in the tournament, World No.2 Sindhu knew she had a task on her hands. Despite a strong showing in the first set, Sindhu ended up losing it. Physically and mentally drained, Marin pounced on Sindhu in the second set like a hungry lion to win the final. With the win, Marin created history by becoming the first ever player to win the Championship thrice.
Sindhu started the match in fine fashion, countering Marin’s lightening quick pace with her well placed shots, drops and smashes. On top of her game in the opening stages of the match, Sindhu even went onto take a 15-11 lead in the first set. It was from there that things started going downhill for the Indian. She made a couple of mistakes which was enough to let Marin back into the set. Banging open the door Sindhu had left ajar, Marin blasted her way back into the match courtesy of a dramatic comeback. Catching Sindhu napping at crucial moments of the set, Marin who rarely lets go of such opportunities, displayed fierce aggression to pick up three consecutive points from 17-18. And she did not falter on her second game point chance as she went onto win the first set 21-19.
With disappointment writ all over Sindhu’s face at the prospect of letting go off the first set from a favourable position, she all but surrendered the second set to her opponent. Gone was the player we had seen in the first set. A pale shadow of herself, Sindhu had given up the match long before the second set even began. PV Sindhu lost by 10-21 to settle for silver. This became her second silver at the tournament and fourth medal overall at the championships.
It is very frustrating to lose again. Last time also I had played the finals. It is quite sad and I have to come back stronger and get back to the sessions and prepare for the next tournament, “a dejected Sindhu said.
In the men’s final Kento Momota created history after he became the first Japanese man to win the men’s singles title at the Worlds. The 23-year-old outclassed China’s Shi Yuqi 21-11, 21-13 to lift the title.